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Alan Watts on Philosophical Disputes

meditative-roseI have sometimes thought that all philosophical disputes could be reduced to an argument between the partisans of "prickles" and the partisans of "goo."The prickly people are tough-minded, rigorous, and precise, and like to stress differences and divisions between things.The gooey people are tender-minded romanticists who love wide generalizations and grand syntheses. They stress the underlying unities, and are inclined to pantheism and mysticism. Waves suit them much better than particles as the ultimate constituents of matter, and discontinuities jar their teeth like a compressed-air drill.Prickly philosophers consider the gooey ones rather disgusting- undisciplined, vague dreamers who slide over hard facts like an intellectual slime which threatens to engulf the whole universe in an "undifferentiated aesthetic continuum" (courtesy of Professor F.S.C. Northrop).But gooey philosophers think of their prickly colleagues as animated skeletons that rattle and click without and flesh or vital juices, as dry and dessicated mechanisms bereft of all finer feelings. Either party would be hopelessly lost without the other, because there would be nothing to argue about, no one would know what his position was, and the whole course of philosophy would come to an end.~Alan WattsCheck out the brand new Alan Watts Online Shop for the entire collection of Alan Watts audio talks.